Haydee Dijkstal

  • Year of Call 2018


Haydee Dijkstal is a barrister practicing international criminal law, international human rights law and general crime.  She is also a US attorney with nearly a decade of experience in international law.

Haydee's practice in the area of international criminal law includes cases before the International Criminal Court, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and has involved the representation of victims, governments and accuseds. She is currently instructed as co-counsel at the ICC representing the Government of the Comoros, as well as victims, in the case concerning the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. She is also involved in victim representation in the ICC Situation concerning Palestine, and has been instructed as counsel for the submission of amicus curiae briefs in the Palestine Situation and case against Bosco Ntaganda. Her previous instructions before the ICC include work in the Kenya cases for the Government of Kenya, Banda & Jerbo case for Sudanese Victims, Defence team for Abdullah Al-Senussi in the Libya Situation, and work on a number of Article 15 Submissions to the Office of the Prosecutor. She was previously on the defence team for Charles Taylor at the SCSL, and for Milan Lukic at the ICTY for review proceedings.

Her practice in the area of international human rights law includes cases before the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and UN bodies such as the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention and the Committee on Enforced Disappearances. She has also worked on cases addressing international crimes in domestic courts under the principle of universal jurisdiction, and has worked on cases involving the Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act and Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act in US federal courts.

Haydee is recommended as a 'Rising Star' in International Crime in Legal 500.  The 2021 edition states that: "While Ms Dijkstal is a relatively recent addition to the Bar of England and Wales, she brings with her an already established international practice. She is extremely hard-working and puts a lot of herself into the cases she works on. Her work ethic and strong analytical skills have been recognised by her team mates."

In addition to her legal practice, Haydee founded and manages a UK ‘small charity’, called ICL Media Review, dedicated to providing publications on developments in international criminal and human rights law.

Haydee received an LL.M. in International and Comparative Law with a focus on international criminal law from George Washington University Law School in Washington DC, a juris doctor degree from University of Wyoming College of Law and a Bachelor's degree in international relations from Rhodes College.

Notable Cases

Notable International Criminal Law cases:

Notable International Human Rights cases: 

International Law in Domestic Jurisdictions: 

International Legal Advice Work: 

Professional Admissions

Bar of the State of Illinois (2010)

Bar of England and Wales (2018)

International Criminal Court, List of Counsel (2019)


George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC

University of Wyoming, College of Law, Laramie, WY

Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Additional qualifications

Justice Rapid Response, The Hague, The Netherlands

George Washington University / Oxford University Program in International Human Rights Law



International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA)

American Bar Association (ABA), International Courts & Judicial Affairs Committee

Bar Human Rights Committee

ICL Media Review (‘UK Small Charity’)

Direct Access

Haydee is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Haydee on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at clerks@33bedfordrow.co.uk.   

The areas of practice in which Haydee most commonly provides legal services are matters relating to:

(1)   International Human Rights Law;
(2)   International Criminal Law;
(3)   Public International Law; and
(4)   General crime.

Her most commonly provided legal services are:

(1)   Representation in international and domestic courts and tribunals;
(2)   Drafting written submissions and / or correspondence to international courts and tribunals; and
(3)   Advising in conference.

Haydee’s most commonly used pricing models, are:

(1)   A fixed fee – for specific hearings, drafting of specific submissions or for phases of cases.
(2)   Hourly rate – for other work.